Despite millions of children being diagnosed with ADHD in the US, there are still a lot of misconceptions and inaccuracies regarding this childhood disorder. Whether one of our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians has already diagnosed your child with ADHD or you suspect that your child may have it, here are some things that every parent should know about this condition.
There are three classic ADHD symptoms
The main symptoms of ADHD are impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Children with ADHD do not need to display all three symptoms in order to be diagnosed with this condition. In fact, some children may only display one of these symptoms while other children may display all three. Just like other health problems, symptoms of ADHD will vary from child to child.
There are different types of ADHD
Just as there are three classic symptoms of ADHD there are also three main types:
- Predominantly inattentive: Children with this type of ADHD have a lot of difficulty concentrating, staying focused, and following instructions. They may also become disruptive in class.
- Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive: Just as the name suggests, children with this type of ADHD are both hyperactive and impulsive, meaning that they have trouble sitting still or waiting their turn; they are often disruptive in class and may have lots of excess energy. Children with this type of ADHD may also squirm and fidget a lot.
- Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive: This is the most common type of ADHD and children with this type will display all three main symptoms. These children and teens will be disruptive, may be forgetful, have trouble concentrating and staying focused, may leave tasks incomplete, may make careless mistakes, and may exhibit above-average energy levels.
ADHD is a brain disorder
Studies have shown that people with ADHD have brains that are structurally different from those who do not. Therefore, it’s important to understand that your child can’t just get rid of their symptoms by trying harder and focusing more on schoolwork. ADHD also has a genetic component; therefore, parents who have ADHD are also more likely to have children with this disorder.
Your pediatrician can diagnose ADHD
Many of the symptoms of ADHD are also the result of other problems such as behavioral disorders, trauma, or anxiety. This is why it’s best to turn to our West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor for a definitive diagnosis. There are several factors that will need to be present in order to make a proper diagnosis, including:
- How long your child has been displaying symptoms
- The type of symptoms they are experiencing
- Whether these symptoms are impacting more than one environment (e.g. school; home; social interactions)
Concerned? Give us a call
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, today at (248) 855-7510 to let us know your concerns, and to schedule an evaluation for your child or teen.